Urinalysis, Complete, with Reflex to Culture

Supply #U03 - UA Tube w/Yellow Cap
Supply #U01 - C&S Gray Tube w/ Straw

Test Code: 3020

CPT Code(s): 81001

Clinical Significance: Dipstick urinalysis is important in accessing the chemical constituents in the urine and the relationship to various disease states. Microscopic examination helps to detect the presence of abnormal urine cells and formed elements. Culture may identify the organism(s) causing infection.

Includes: Macroscopic and Microscopic Examinations - A culture is performed, when appropriate, at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87088, 87086).

Methodology: Reagent Impregnated Strips or Tablets

Collection Guide: 

Supply: U03 - UA Tube w/ Yellow Cap
Supply: U01 - C&S Gray Tube w/ Straw

Preferred specimen(s): Submit two separate clean catch specimens:
  • 4 ml urine in urine culture tube (gray-top)
  • 10 ml urine in urinalysis transport tube (yellow-top, blue fill line, preservative tube)

Preferred Pediatric specimen(s): Refrigerated unpreserved sample

Instructions: Clean catch mid-stream samples which minimize contamination and improve accuracy. If a sample is submitted unpreserved, please indicate that specimens from a pediatric patient (patient is less than or equal to 12 years of age). Label the sample appropriately. Unpreserved urine will be accepted from pediatric patients only.

Specimen Submission Instructions:
  1. Open sterile urine cup
  2. Fill the dropper with urine from the sterile cup
  3. Using the dropper, fill to the fill line (4ML) indicated on the tube label.
  4. Place gray top on tube.
  5. Verify patients two identifiers on tube prior to packaging for transport.

Transport container: Yellow-top, blue fill line urinalysis transport tube and gray-top urine culture tube

Transport temperature:
  • Preserved: room temperature
  • Pediatric unpreserved: refrigerated (cold packs)
Specimen stability:
Urinalysis Transport Tube:
  • Room temperature: 72 hours preserved specimen
  • Refrigerated: 24 hours unpreserved pediatric specimen
Gray-top Urine Culture Tube:
  • Room temperature: 48 hours preserved specimen
  • Refrigerated: 24 hours unpreserved pediatric specimen
Reject criteria:
  • Unpreserved specimen (adults)
  • Yellow/red swirl-topped conical transport tube with preservative

For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed.